A Place to Grow Healthy
An elected Liberal government will:
- Hire 100,000 new nurses, doctors and other health care workers
- Clear the surgical backlog and set maximum wait times
- Make sure everyone has access to a family doctor
- Make more mental health help available
Clear the surgical backlog and set maximum wait times
If you’re waiting for a surgery or diagnostic procedure, you’re not alone. Millions have had their appointments delayed. While the Ford Conservatives call on for-profit private hospitals to address these backlogs, we’ll clear the waitlists with a $1 billion investment in public health – empowering hospitals to operate significantly above pre-pandemic volumes, including into evenings and weekends. We’ll also establish maximum wait times for surgeries and return to pre-pandemic wait times by the end of 2022.
Make sure everyone has access to a family doctor
Everyone across Ontario should have access to a family doctor or nurse practitioner who can help guide and support them through health challenges. We’ll increase the number of family doctors and nurse practitioners across Ontario, make the option for virtual visits permanent and universal when appropriate and fund more team-based primary care clinics, including Family Health Teams, Community Health Centres and Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics.
Make more mental health help available
The pandemic has deepened Ontario’s mental health crisis and too many people are struggling without support. We’ll train 3,000 new mental health and addictions professionals, hire 1,000 more dedicated to ensuring no child is waiting for help, expand and reduce wait times for publicly-covered mental health and addiction care and have mental health responders available at 911 and in emergency rooms.